Poets Antony Owen and Isabel Palmer have written for over 10 years on issues relating to conflict and peace. Here, they reflect on the strength of poetry to provide depth and truth to the first-hand experiences of conflict, and to breath life into dreams of a peaceful future. Through exploring several poems provided by our guest contributors related to conflict in Syria, Yemen and Afghanistan, this article seeks to present ways that poetry can help people come to terms with conflict, share their lived experience, and communicate stories about peacebuilding from civilians who are often overlooked in conflict zones. Read more »
has been co-editor of Flarestack Poets since 2016. Her debut pamphlet, Ground Signs (Flarestack Poets 2014), was a Poetry Book Society Pamphlet Choice. Media interviews include Radio 4’s The World at One, the Daily Mail Weekend magazine, BBC Wiltshire and The Swindon Advertiser. Her first full collection, Atmospherics, with a Foreword by Sir Andrew Motion, was published in a four-poet book entitled Home Front (Bloodaxe Books 2016). Winner of the National Army Poetry Competition 2018: Writing Armistice, she recently ran poetry workshops for war veterans and is is working on a new collection with renowned peace poet, Antony Owen.